APRIL 11 RELEASES
The Beatles, The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 (Capitol/EMI)
Don’t get too excited, Beatlemaniacs: This is just a repackaging of four 1965 releases — The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, the Help! soundtrack, and Rubber Soul — in a unwieldy longbox.
Brian Eno & David Bryne, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (Nonesuch)
A lush reissue — including seven bonus tracks — that brilliantly revisits Eno & Byrne’s 1981 funk ‘n’ found-sound masterpiece.
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LL Cool J, Todd Smith (Def Jam)
His career — and physique — continues to defy gravity’s downward pull: The 38-year-old rap originator drops album No. 12.
APRIL 18 RELEASES
SpankRock, Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo (Big Dada)
Baltimore club music filtered through a stylish hipster prism. Like 2 Live Crew with a hint of head-scratching irony.
Drive-By Truckers, A Blessing and a Curse (New West)
Alt-country stalwarts treat their small-town vignettes with a widescreen, Southern-rock scope.
Various Artists, Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads (BBE)
Though they’re still a thriving band, Radiohead already have a bevy of diverse covers discs recorded in their honor. This one features reworkings from quirky jazz group the Bad Plus and sample guru RJD2.
The Fiery Furnaces, Bitter Tea (Fat Possum)
Impossibly quirky brother-sister indie-rockers confound with songs about Vietnamese telephone numbers and checkbook-balancing Mormons.
Rascal Flatts, Me and My Gang (Lyric Street)
Horribly named country balladeers round up more mom groupies.